St. Pat's grad taking over Irish volleyball

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Maddy Krebs graduated from St. Pat's High School in 2008. Krebs played volleyball for the Irish, and went to North Platte Community College to play for the Knights for two years, before finishing her career at Peru State College.

Maddy Krebs is taking over as the St. Pat's volleyball coach for the 2020 season. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

Now, Krebs returns to St. Pat's to become the varsity volleyball coach for the Irish.

"I love the environment there. I think they've got a great program, I think it can be amazing, and the environment that they've got in not only their school, but their athletics. Everything that I believe in is also part of the North Platte Catholic School system," Krebs said.

Krebs considered applying for the position when it was available last season, but the timing was not right for her family. This time, the timing worked out for her to take the position.

"When it was open last year, I almost applied. I just kept saying it wasn't the right timing, with the age that my kids were, and I kept telling [Superintendent Kevin Dodson] if it was just one more year. Then, it came back open, and I felt like God was like, 'okay you know what, it's time,'" Krebs said.

Krebs coached club volleyball in Peru, before she returned back to North Platte after graduating from Peru State. In North Platte, she taught for North Platte Public Schools, before transitioning to a stay-at-home mom. She also coached the Flatrock Volleyball Club, which is now the Mid-Nebraska Volleyball Club, and the North Platte Volleyball Club.

Krebs is excited about working with the Irish players, and getting back to having volleyball in her life.

"Volleyball has been such a passion for me since I've been little, so being around it every single day again is going to be great. I love seeing the progress in kids from day one to the end of the season. That was always my favorite thing about club volleyball, seeing how rough they come in from being off for a couple months from the season, and then by the end of it, they are just clicking," Krebs said.

The Irish have had a winning record each of the last five seasons, and finished 18-13 in 2019.